Kimes students, staff create Storybook Pumpkin Patch
This year to celebrate Halloween, fall and pumpkins, Kimes School in Streator invited students and staff to share their love of books creatively.
Nearly 200 pumpkins made up Kimes’ very first Storybook Pumpkin Patch. If you’ve been to the school's library in the past few weeks you were able to enjoy all of the awesome and creative pumpkins.
Started by Principal Heather Ketcham, students were asked to create their favorite storybook character from a pumpkin and it just exploded from there.
Librarian Traci Brotherton was asked to take care of the pumpkins while they were there.
“The kids were so excited to check out all of the pumpkins, showing off their own and bringing a new excitement to our library," she said. “Children gain a love of reading from a young age, and if I can help them be excited to read they will then be set up to be lifelong readers.”
When Ketcham took the position as principal she said her goal was to make this year as engaging as she could through the unprecedented times. As October rolled around she knew the school wasn't going to be able to have the traditional Halloween fun so she talked with Ms. Traci and never imagined how full the library would become.
Teachers and staff got in on the fun as well. Some of the creations were The Custodian from the Black Lagoon, Elmer the Elephant and No David. The students voted for the best one which was “For Pete’s Sake” by Cindy Bower and Michelle Pitte.
“In the end, Halloween just didn't happen for one day at Kimes, it happened a full 31 days with pumpkins bringing books to life and many proud students,” Ketcham said.
• April Tamulen is the music teacher at Kimes Elementary School in Streator. The Times invites educators to submit articles highlighting programs and activities happening in schools. For more information, email email@example.com.